Types of Warts

There are many different types of warts. This is because there are many different strings of the human papillomavirus. The different strings of the virus will depend on which type of wart grows onto the upper layer of the skin. The different types of warts include classic, plantar, periungal, flat, and the molluscum contagiosum.

Most warts are non-cancerous. In most cases, warts are extremely painful and they are a nuisance. Almost all warts are unwanted and very unpleasant, especially if they appear on the skin where they are visible to others and cannot be hidden by clothing or accessories.

Warts are commonly flesh colored and the surface will be rough and irregular. They might have a dome shape also. Warts can appear anywhere on the body.


Different Types of Warts and their Characteristics

  • The classic wart is the wart that is most common.

a picture of the common everyday wart

They are called common warts or classic warts. A classic wart is usually frustrating and can be painful depending on where on the body it appears. Common warts can appear anywhere on the body and they are most common in children.

  • Plantar warts are very painful.

diagram of a plantar wart

These warts are most commonly found on the soles or the bottom of the feet. Children often get plantar warts more than adults do. A plantar wart on the bottom of a foot can almost disable someone from being able to walk because they can be so painful.
A plantar wart is usually flesh colored but they may have small black dots in the middle of them also. These black dots are actually broken blood vessels. Plantar warts do not take on the same flesh affects as a callous or a corn.
If you were to get a plantar wart on your fingers, you would notice that you do not retain your fingerprints across a wart as you would a callous. Warts do not maintain fingerprints but they eliminate them until the wart is removed from the finger.

  • Periungal warts are the warts that are most commonly found around fingernails and toenails.

example of a periungal wart - different types of warts

These often appear when you don’t properly care for the hygiene of your feet. You might have a lot of fungus around your feet and toes or you may be prone to ingrown toenails. This can also make you susceptible to periungal warts.

Periungal warts are common around the fingers also. The best way to avoid these types of warts is through proper hygiene. Periungal warts experienced a big outburst when women started getting their nails done through salons. Today, salons are very careful about the types of equipment used to do fingernails and they are well versed on hygienic issues regarding the fingernails.

  • Flat warts are most commonly found on a child’s face.

flat warts usually found on the face

They are called flat warts because the tops of them are flat. They usually have a smooth surface also. These are not as unsightly as the look as a plantar wart but they do show up on the face which make them just as bad. These warts are not as painful as a plantar wart but they should be removed.

  • Molluscum Contagiosum is not exactly a wart.

Molluscum Contagiosum is not actually a wart

This is considered to be a wart and doctors often refer to them as warts. They are caused by a different type of virus, known as the poxvirus. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus and these are caused by the poxvirus, which is what set the two apart.

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